Greenheart Travel Correspondent Scholarship

Greenheart Travel is excited to offer the opportunity for high school students to broaden their perspective through study and language immersion programs abroad through our Greenheart Travel Correspondent Scholarships.

Scholarship winners will be chosen based on their ability to creatively share their cultural exchange experience demonstrated in their submitted writing sample and photo essay, as well as academic merit. They will also be featured on Greenheart Travel’s website, social sites and blog feed, as well as have a personal author page to highlight their experience on college applications.

Greenheart Travel Correspondent Scholarship Opportunities*:

  • $3,000 scholarship award for a High School Study Abroad program in China
  • $3,000 scholarship award for a High School Study Abroad program in Costa Rica
  • $1,000 scholarship award for a Teen Summer Language Camp in Argentina
  • $1,000 scholarship award for a Teen Summer Language Camp in France
  • $1,000 scholarship award for a Teen Summer Language Camp in Germany
  • $1,000 scholarship award for a Teen Summer Language Camp in Italy

*Applicants must have applied and been accepted on one of the listed programs; applicants are only able to apply for ONE scholarship opportunity

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2015

Summary of Submission Requirements of the Scholarship:

In addition to completing the teen program online application, submitting a deposit and being accepted on program, applicants must also submit the following:

1. Official High School Transcript:
Applicants must have a minimum academic standing of a 3.2 GPA to be eligible.

2. Teacher/Coach Referral:
Applicants must provide the name and phone number of an educator or coach that will be able to recommend the student as a good candidate for the scholarship award. Greenheart Travel will contact this referral prior to announcing the scholarship winner.

3. Written essay:
In a 500 – 800 word essay, please explain how this cultural exchange experience will benefit both you and your local community.

4. Photo essay:
Submit a photo essay using 5 -7 photos (you have taken yourself) to capture your hometown through the eyes of an exchange student visiting for the first time. Please include captions with each photo and submit as a word document. Remember to be creative!

5. Signed Terms and Conditions of Participation:
You can find the link to the downloadable document in the section on How to Apply.

Summary of Participant Requirements:

If chosen as a scholarship recipient, you will be required to demonstrate how you are active in your Greenheart Travel program through various obligations before, during and after your program. Details on blog topics and deadlines will be discussed on a required Skype call prior to your program departure.

Pre-Program

  • Submit one blog or video 2 weeks BEFORE your program Start Date introducing yourself and why you are excited to travel on your program and what you hope to learn while abroad.

During Program

  • For study abroad programs: Submit a written blog post and 3-5 photos or a video, once every 2 weeks by discussed deadlines.
  • For language camp programs: Submit weekly written blog post and 3-5 photos or a video, by discussed deadlines.

After Program

  • Submit one blog or video 2 weeks AFTER your program end date reflecting on what you learned, favorite part of the program and tips for anyone wanting to travel abroad.

Those selected as a Greenheart Travel scholarship winner agree to:

  • Meet all obligations Before, During and After the program in order to receive the scholarship award.
  • Be a potential mentor for future students studying or participating in a language program abroad
  • Enroll in our Greenheart Club online community
  • Participate in possible future Greenheart Travel alumni focus groups

Additional terms and conditions:

  • Applicants are only allowed to apply to one Greenheart Travel program scholarship opportunity.
  • Travel start dates must be in 2015 to receive the scholarship award.
  • Flight and other transportation costs are the responsibility of the scholarship winner.
  • Greenheart Travel has the right to revoke the scholarship award if any of the above are not met before, during or following the program.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application for desired teen program and be accepted on program by April 1, 2015
  • Email the following documents with the subject heading: “Travel Correspondent
    • Name and phone number of teacher/coach acting as referral contact
    • Signed 2015 Terms and Conditions for Scholarship with signatures of both student and parent agreeing to the program requirements
    • Official high school transcript
    • Written essay and photo essay in word documents

For all study abroad programs email Hope Pavich, Sr High School Program Manager at hpavich@greenhearttravel.org

For all teen summer language camp programs email Megan Arzbaecher, Program Associate at marzbaecher@greenhearttravel.org

Check out our past Greenheart Travel Correspondent winners, Ariela and Sarah!

 

Greenheart Travel Global Explorer Scholarship

All of us at Greenheart Travel feel that traveling abroad is a life-changing experience that shapes students to become global leaders, and we’re excited to offer the opportunity for high school students to experience full cultural immersion through our Greenheart Travel Global Explorer Scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship winners will be chosen based on academic merit and financial need, as well as a submitted writing sample and photo essay.

Greenheart Travel participants are open-minded and passionate about experiencing new countries, cultures and languages. Scholarship winners will be featured on Greenheart Travel’s website, social sites and blog feed, as well as have a personal author page to highlight their experience on college applications.

Greenheart Travel Global Explorer Scholarship Opportunities*:

  • Offering two $3,000 scholarship awards for a High School Study Abroad trimester program of the student’s choice
  • Offering four $1,000 scholarship awards for a Teen Summer Language Camp of the student’s choice

*Applicants must have applied and been accepted on one of the listed programs; applicants are only able to apply for ONE scholarship opportunity

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2015

Summary of Submission Requirements of the Scholarship:

In addition to completing the teen program online application, submitting a deposit and being accepted on program, applicants must also submit the following:

1. Official High School Transcript:
Applicants must have a minimum academic standing of a 3.2 GPA to be eligible.

2. Teacher/Coach Referral:
Applicants must provide the name and phone number of an educator or coach that will be able to recommend the student as a good candidate for the scholarship award. Greenheart Travel will contact this referral prior to announcing the scholarship winner.

3. Proof of Total Household Income:
Applicants must be able to provide most recent tax return.

Scholarship Funding Requirements

Income guidelines are based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s guidelines for reduced price meals. We will accept applications from families earning up to $20,000 per year over the USDA guidelines. The size of family’s household should be calculated including children. Please see Proof of Income document under the “How to Apply” section for the income rates we use to determine eligibility (the amount already displays $20,000 over the USDA guidelines).

4. Written essay:
In a 500 – 800 word essay, please explain how this cultural exchange experience will benefit both you and your local community.

5. Photo essay:
Submit a photo essay using 5 -7 photos (you have taken yourself) to capture your hometown through the eyes of an exchange student visiting for the first time. Please include captions with each photo and submit as a word document. Remember to be creative!

6. Signed Terms and Conditions of Participation:
You can find the link to the downloadable document in the section on How to Apply.

Summary of Participant Requirements:

If chosen as a scholarship recipient, you will be required to demonstrate how you are active in your Greenheart Travel program through various obligations before, during and after your program. Details on blog topics and deadlines will be discussed on a required Skype call prior to your program departure.

Pre-Program

  • Submit one blog or video 2 weeks BEFORE your program Start Date introducing yourself and why you are excited to travel on your program and what you hope to learn while abroad.

During Program

  • For study abroad programs: Submit a written blog post and 3-5 photos or a video, once every 2 weeks by discussed deadlines.
  • For language camp programs: Submit weekly written blog post and 3-5 photos or a video, by discussed deadlines.

After Program

  • Submit one blog or video 2 weeks AFTER your program end date reflecting on what you learned, favorite part of the program and tips for anyone wanting to travel abroad.

Those selected as a Greenheart Travel scholarship winner agree to:

  • Meet all obligations Before, During and After the program in order to receive the scholarship award.
  • Be a potential mentor for future students studying or participating in a language program abroad
  • Enroll in our Greenheart Club online community
  • Participate in possible future Greenheart Travel alumni focus groups

Additional terms and conditions:

  • Applicants are only allowed to apply to one Greenheart Travel program scholarship opportunity.
  • Travel start dates must be in 2015 to receive the scholarship award.
  • Flight and other transportation costs are the responsibility of the scholarship winner.
  • Greenheart Travel has the right to revoke the scholarship award if any of the above are not met before, during or following the program.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application for desired teen program and be accepted on program by April 1, 2015
  • Email or mail the following documents with the subject heading: “Global Explorer”
      • Name and phone number of teacher/coach acting as referral contact
      • Signed 2015 Terms and Conditions for Scholarship with signatures of both student and parent agreeing to the program requirements
      • Completed Proof of Income document
      • Official high school transcript
      • Written essay and photo essay in word documents
      • Mail a copy of your most recent tax return for proof of income and official high school transcript to:

    Greenheart Travel
    Attn: Hope Pavich
    200 W. Superior St.
    Suite 300
    Chicago, IL 60654

    For all study abroad programs email Hope Pavich, Sr High School Program Manager at hpavich@greenhearttravel.org
    For all teen summer language camp programs email Megan Arzbaecher, Program Associate at marzbaecher@greenhearttravel.org

 

Financial Aid for High School Students

You might be surprised to find what scholarships and funds are available for your travel abroad programs. Here are some websites offering scholarship opportunities for teens to get you started:

Ambassadors Scholarship Foundation
The Ambassadors Scholarship Foundation administers a scholarship fund that awards scholarships to deserving persons for programs that enhance international understanding and friendship. This understanding is obtained through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the direct exchange of ideas and experiences among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

Goennounce
Goennounce offers an ongoing, monthly $500 “Define Yourself” Scholarship open to high school juniors, seniors, college freshman, sophomores & juniors.

Horatio Alger District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Scholarship Program
The Horatio Alger District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation (OPRFCF) Crystal Fund
The Crystal Fund was established to support grants for an extended “away from home” cultural or educational experience that provide a skill, knowledge and/or personal value as a means of support. Scholarships are limited to Chicago area students ages 11 to 19 that are able to demonstrate extreme financial need and have a potential for providing leadership.

Courageous Persuaders
Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air. Open to all high school students in grades 9-12 – not only those taking video production. Winners will be selected based on ideas. And you all have great ideas.

Financial Aid for College Students

You might be surprised to find what funds are available for you if you take the time to look. Here are some websites offering scholarship opportunities for college students to get you started:

Ambassadors Scholarship Foundation
The Ambassadors Scholarship Foundation administers a scholarship fund that awards scholarships to deserving persons for programs that enhance international understanding and friendship. This understanding is obtained through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the direct exchange of ideas and experiences among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

Fund for Education Abroad
FEA awards grants and scholarships to American students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.

• Finaid
Finaid is focused on financial aid for study abroad and domestic exchange programs.

• Freeman – ASIA
Freeman awards for study in Asia provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with financial need who are studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

• International Studies Abroad
ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. Their site also includes a list of outside scholarships compiled by ISA.

The Gilman Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

• Go Overseas
A compilation of volunteer abroad scholarship opportunities

Go Overseas Volunteer/Internship Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship provides a unique way for you to showcase your exchange country through photography — this round’s theme is “country silhouettes”. So get your creative juices flowing and have fun submitting your entry by December 5th!

• Studyabroad.com
A database of merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program-specific, and subject specific scholarships for students studying abroad.

• International Education Financial Aid
A resource listing financial aid for students studying abroad.

• Federal Aid
If you are a university student, keep in mind that some universities offer scholarships for semesters abroad. It never hurts to ask what is available. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online. This form must be on file in order for you to be considered for any type of aid. Fill it out even if you are unsure if you are going to go abroad at this point. It can only help the process in the long run. Meet with a financial aid counselor to learn more about what types of aid or assistance you may qualify for, or if you have any questions.

For U.S. Host Families

Host Family Circle Scholarship

Our American host families are deeply generous people who open their hearts and homes to international students and adults. We encourage host family members to expand their own cultural experience by taking advantage of the Host Family Circle Scholarships, a program that provides scholarships on Greenheart Travel Programs to all immediate host family members. All Greenheart host families can receive the following off any Greenheart Travel program fee:

Greenheart Host Families that host for less than one full semester:
$100 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Language Schools, Language Homestays)
$300 discount on High School Abroad programs

Greenheart Host Families that host for one full semester or more:
$200 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Language Schools, Language Homestays)
$600 discount on High School Abroad programs

Note: Programs must start within 12 months of the last date the host family served as a host to a Greenheart participant.